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Young-Jae Lee

© Denis Bury, Essen, Germany
© Denis Bury, Essen, Germany

Spinach Bowls
June 19 - August 29, 2020
Opening, Friday, June 19
Galerie Karsten Greve is pleased to present a second solo exhibition featuring ceramics by Korean artist Young-Jae Lee in Cologne. On display are one hundred and sixty Spinach Bowls – dining and drinking bowls created over a period of almost twenty years. The small, bulbous jars have their special aesthetic appeal due to their diverse glazes.
Born in Seoul in 1951, Young-Jae Lee moved to Germany in 1972. Following her studies of ceramics and design at Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences from 1973 to 1978, she ran her own workshop in Sandhausen near Heidelberg. Since 1987, Young-Jae Lee has been head of the long-established Margaretenhöhe Ceramics Workshop in Essen. With Bauhaus principles serving as a guide, the ceramic artist is striving for perfection in the formal idiom and color range as used by her workshop in Essen: "I'm not at all interested in reinventing form," says Young-Jae Lee, "but in having absolute command of the existing repertoire." Featured in extensive museum exhibitions, Young-Jae Lee's ceramic pieces have attracted considerable attention: taking as her starting point the simple form of a bowl, a vase, or a mug, widely scattered over the floor in numerous variants, the artist placed 1,111 bowls in the rotunda of Munich's Pinakothek der Moderne in 2006, for instance. In 2008, Young-Jae Lee reenacted such uniqueness in sequence by arranging her so-called spindle vases in the same space. The artist first presented her Spinach Bowls – a series of works that originated from her delving into the history of the tea bowl – at Essen's Museum Folkwang in 2019.
Presented by Galerie Karsten Greve in Cologne, Young-Jae Lee comes across as an artist who is a mediator between Korean and Japanese, Asian and European culture, whose works merge the ancient tradition of Korean ceramics with modern art specifically European in character.
Accompanying the exhibition, two publications will be available at Galerie Karsten Greve in Cologne:
Young-Jae Lee. Das Grün in den Schalen, with introduction by Peter Gorschlüter, ed. by Gisela Jahn, Nadine Engel, Museum Folkwang Essen, (to be published in late June 2020). Approx. 30.00 euros I signed 70.00 euros
Young-Jae Lee. Arbeiten in Keramik, Galerie Karsten Greve, with texts (G | E | F) by Mario von Lüttichau, Thomas Wagner, 2018. 20.00 euros

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